Wednesday 18 July 2018

First Look: New-York style rental accomodation opens in Dublin with art galleries, Smeg fridges, designer kitchens - and all bills included in the rent

Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A new boutique community style of rental accommodation is opening in Dublin this month.

The final touches are currently being made to the Node co-living apartments, just off Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square.

Rents for tenants in a two-bed apartment will start at €1,350. The price is all-inclusive of wifi and utility bills.

Tenants will share communal areas like a residents’ lounge, and they’ll have the opportunity to host their own community activities, like charity events or social events.

Carlingford artist Martina Scott's art adorns the walls.
Carlingford artist Martina Scott's art adorns the walls.

Like-minded tenants will be chosen from the database of applicants. Typically, prospective housemates get to know each other first over coffees and then decide if they'd like to live together.

“Anyone can apply,” says Node’s community curator Ava Kilmartin, who says Node complexes abroad have been home to everyone from tech professionals to bankers, lawyers and accountants.

A Node kitchen
A Node kitchen

Ava hopes the Irish community in the new Dublin Node will be like-minded renters who'll set their social calendar together.

"My job is to set the social calendar. I’ll be hosting a residents' mixture in the beginning. But we want it to be organic, and we hope that the residents will tell us what they want to do, and we can do things from gin tasting to pub quizes, whatever they want to do."

The living room in one of the premium Node apartments, adorned with original Irish art.
The living room in one of the premium Node apartments, adorned with original Irish art.

Co-living schemes are already popular in London, Paris and New York, and are seen as an attractive rental option for young professionals who live light without large amounts of possessions like cars and furniture.

Apartments are decked out in art by eight Irish artists including Martina Scott, Fuschia Macaree, and Julie and Owen Mc Loughlin from Jando Design.

The artists will have their work on display in the 52-bed residence, but renters will have the opportunity to buy the art they like.

New York-inspired kitchens are decked out in vintage-style Smeg fridges, subway tiling, and open shelving, while living spaces and bedrooms have a Scandanavian feel with mid century-style furniture.

Once residents settle in, a local community curator will help them get to know their neighbours.

The concept has been compared to “Friends” style living for the modern age, as portrayed in the hugely popular 1990’s comedy series.

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